DEFIANCE – Cameron Graham scored a season high 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Wayne Trace Raiders to a 55-37 win over Tinora in Green Meadows Conference boys basketball action Friday night outside of Defiance.

Graham scored in every quarter of the contest, getting two buckets apiece in each of the final three quarters, to lead Wayne Trace as the red, white and blue improved to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference. The senior forward had at least one rebound in each stanza as well, finishing with three offensive and six defensive boards.

“Cameron played well tonight,” noted Raider head coach Jim Linder. “He is getting better each game and he really came out and did an excellent job for us. This is a good confidence builder for him and we need him to continue developing.”

It was the host Rams who jumped in front early, getting baskets from Gavin Eckert and Nolan Schafer late in the first period to take a 10-7 advantage after one quarter.

However, Wayne Trace took over in the second stanza.

The Raiders started the quarter with buckets by Cameron Sinn, Brooks Laukhuf, Kyle Stoller and Graham as the red, white and blue took a 15-10 lead.

Following a trey by Tinora’s Keegan Miles, Wayne Trace responded with another Graham two-pointer along with a Laukhuf basket before a Laukhuf trey extended the Raider lead to 22-13.

The Raiders continued to widen the margin, getting a Stoller basket and a Tyler Davis three-point play to expand the margin to 27-13. Wayne Trace then closed the half with a Davis basket just prior to the halftime buzzer as the red, white and blue recorded a 29-13 advantage at the intermission.

“I thought we came out and were more aggressive there in the second quarter,” Linder added. “It was a good quarter for us on both ends of the floor.”

Tinora trimmed the deficit to 35-23 on a Lance Rinkel three-pointer but the green and white would get no closer.

Two free throws by Davis, a trey from Trevor Sinn and a basket by Graham helped Wayne Trace push the lead back to 44-29 at the end of three periods.

After the Rams’ Shafer started the fourth quarter scoring with a basket, the Raiders sealed the contest with a Laukhuf bucket and two Graham two-pointers to push the lead to 50-31. Wayne Trace cruised the rest of the way to finish off the 55-37 victory.

Laukhuf chipped in 13 points, five rebounds and four steals while Cameron Sinn posted ten markers and three boards. Stoller finished with eight points, three rebounds and three assists.

Wayne Trace also got a solid effort off the bench from Davis, who posted seven points and five rebounds. Trevor Sinn ended the night with three points and two steals while Hudson Myers dished out two assists.

Rinkel paced Tinora with a dozen points and three rebounds with Schafer adding 11 markers, seven rebounds and three assists. Luke Harris (seven), Eckert (four) and Miles (three) recorded the remaining points for the Rams, who fall to 2-9 overall and 0-2 in the league.

The Raider junior varsity squad fell to 3-7 overall and 1-1 in the Green Meadows Conference after falling 28-25 to the Rams.

Cale Winans had a dozen points, four rebounds and three steals for Wayne Trace while Hudson Myers chipped in eight points and five steals. Tyson Gerber and Kyle Forrer finished with three points and two points, respectively. Brady Miller posted two assists and two steals.

Aiden Rittenhouse and Owen Ackerman led the way for Tinora with eight and seven points, respectively. Other scorers for the Rams were Adam Spychala (six), Trent Wiemken (three), Rylee Peters (two) and Micah Shelton (two).

Wayne Trace returns to action on Saturday as the Raiders host Delphos Jefferson, who is coming off a 61-37 win over Waynesfield Goshen Friday night.